Aptitude vs. apt-get
claydoh at midmaine.com
Thu Aug 13 21:13:36 BST 2009
Steven Vollom wrote:
> What are the differences between the two? I typed in sudo apt-get install
If you typed in EXACTLY 'sudo apt-get install updates', then you WILL
get something wrong as the syntax and command for what you are doing is
when using apt, the command syntax is this:
'sudo apt-get <do-some-action> <some-packagename>'
so in the command you used above, you are telling apt to install a
package with the name 'updates', which of course does not exist.
so, some apt commands to remember:
sudo apt-get update (no 'S') will update the package list and look for
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade will install updated packages
sudo apt-get install <name-of-package> will install said package you specify
This is somewhat simplified as there are many more options that can be
used, but for daily use these 3 are basically all you need most of the
time if you choose the command-line method.
But really, without a better understanding of file paths and proper
syntax, Synaptic or KPackageKit are much better suited for you. Baby
steps are better. Get a complete handle on one thing before jumping
and did not get the response I expected. Then I typed in sudo
> aptitude and got what I expected. I thought they were pretty much the same.
> Was I wrong? Additionally, while I am learning this process, I try to use
> kdesudo most of the time, but when installing new applications I usually use
> sudo apt-get. I realize that kdesudo is for GUI aps, so that part is not
> confusing. Yet sudo apt-get usually works for GUI's as well, I believe. I
> have used aptitude the least, but have it installed, and in the case of
> updates and safe-upgrades it seem to work the best. Don't bother if this is
> too stupid a question, I would just like to make a permanent memory of the
> differences. I suspect I will learn this in time anyway. Thanks!
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